Pendower - Carne Beach


Pendower - Carne Beach
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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Not tested

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Carne Beach is adjacent to Pendower beach, both situated within the same bay predominantly used by tourists. Within the beach there are low soft cliffs and rock pools which have been designated Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI’s).


Many activities to enjoy here, including: swimming, scuba diving, surfing, sea canoeing, sailing, windsurfing, fishing and snorkeling.

Wildlife and Walks

There are good rock pools at the west end of the beach and interesting fauna and flora at the back of the beach. Pendower is on the Cornish Way Cycle Route and the South West Coastal Path - Veryan is a good starting point for walking and there are circular routes.

What's tested here?

Water samples are not taken at this beach because it has not been designated as a bathing water and there is no voluntary sampling.
Why isn't this a designated bathing water?

High levels of bacteria in the water can indicate pollution from sewage treatment works or polluted rain water draining from the land.
Where does pollution comes from and how can you help?

Water quality can be reduced for up to 72 hours after heavy rain. Look out for temporary signs at the beach and on our website.

Annual classification

2017 Not tested

What does this mean?

At the end of every bathing season the water quality is classified as either:

Excellent — the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest

Good — generally good water quality

Sufficient — meets minimum standards

Poor — You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.


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Potential hazards at this beach

This beach is not yet classified, please see our safety tips below or contact the local beach operator for further information.

Lifeguarded locations - top five safety tips

Non-lifeguarded locations For those who can’t make it to a lifeguarded beach

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Facilities at Pendower - Carne Beach

Food Food Toilets Toilets Slipway Slipway



Pay & display. National Trust members park for free at Carne and Pendower car parks.

Dog restrictions


Dogs must be on a lead during the summer. Please clear up and take all litter home.

Beach cleaning

Community beach cleans, first Monday of the month.